I have a clean install of ubuntu 16.04.1. I would like to disable compositing completely. I need to run ABAQUS, and the graphics window becomes transparent if compositing is enabled. Previously I used to run Kubuntu, and if compositing is disabled then ABAQUS GUI will not be transparent.

In 16.04 the ubuntu-2d is not there anymore! I have installed ccsm and tried to disable compositing in the "compiz" section, but that also removed all window decorations.

My goal is to run ABAQUS GUI (not particularly the unity-2D). "abaqus cae -mesa" did not help BTW. Any help is highly appreciated.

Thanks, Kodanda

  • I'm assuming you want the Unity DE? – anonymous2 Sep 5 '16 at 1:55
  • Yes, I am using Unity. I do not want to install another DE, unless there is no other option! – kodanda Sep 5 '16 at 14:38
  • bump! Any help! – kodanda Sep 6 '16 at 11:38
  • Perhaps using lxde is an option for me. After all it is not going to install tonnes of new libraries. I needed to install ĺxsession in addition to lxde to get the session changing option available in lightdm screen. – kodanda Sep 6 '16 at 22:19

No need to turn off compositing - on my Ubuntu 16.04.5 I just need to start ABAQUS with setting XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 like

$ XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 /opt/abaqus/Commands/abaqus cae -mesa -noStartupDialog;
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Apparently unity-2D is discontinued in ubuntu 16.04. Thus lxde is the next slim option to have a session without compositing enabled.

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